Barnoldswick Long Barrow

In one of the sloping fields to the south of the Pennine Way, just a little shy of Barnoldswick’s Letcliffe Country Park, is a strange bump in the ground. I suspect it is a long barrow, an ancient tomb, though it is not recorded this way on any map I have seen. It could just be a mound of waste from a small, nearby quarry, but I think it is not close enough for this to be likely. In the nearby stone walls are large stones, perhaps the remains of deconstructed megalithic remains. There are plenty of cairns and barrows in the area, so might this be another anonymous old tomb? I believe so, though the contents of any sepulchre will contain mere bone and decayed matter. The human whose remains were interred therein is now far away in the realms of eternity, awaiting their slot at God’s great tribunal. If the world is still operating in thousands of years, visitors may ponder my own grave, wondering who was once placed inside. I, too, shall then be in eternity.

Too many people today ponder the location of graves, but not the future location of their souls.  

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,

Some to everlasting life,

Some to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel 12:2)